Kitchen Countertops Tell You a Lot about a Homeowner
Wood countertops typically signal that the homeowner and/or Chief Cook loves nature, plays an active role in food and meal preparation and doesn’t mind putting forth the requisite effort to keep wood counters well-protected and looking great. In contrast, kitchen counters made of stainless steel tend to appeal to those who appreciate a sleek, modern look, prefer to cut and chop on cutting boards rather than countertops, and value saving time and effort while cleaning soiled work surfaces.
Wood Countertops Come in a Variety of Species
We offer the four most popular species of North American hardwoods: hard maple, American cherry, red oak and black walnut. Edge-grain butcher block countertops are made for both preparing and serving meals, but if you intend to do much cutting, slicing and chopping directly on the countertop, you should consider end-grain boards instead. Their fibrous surfaces can better absorb sharp blades. Either countertop style will require the regular re-application of food-safe oil, which will help keep the counter well moisturized and less susceptible to drying and cracking.
A Countertop Made of Stainless Steel Is Tougher Still
Although they’re susceptible to scratches and dents, you’ll need not worry about keeping these counters moisturized and safe. Properly cleaned and sanitized, SS countertops make a safe, hygienic and resilient surface. Simply place a cutting board on the countertop when kitchen tasks call for cutting, slicing or chopping.
Countertops in Standard and Custom Sizes
Both types of kitchen counters are available in standard sizes: lengths, widths and thicknesses. For an upcharge you can order custom-size countertops to suit your exact needs. John Boos & Company manufactures these kitchen counter tops in Illinois.